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More than 250 works created by Artists-in-Residence in the first 44 years.

Black Box gallery features rotating artworks so there is always something fresh.

Location
Pier 15 San Francisco, California
United States
37.801188, -122.397873
Photos
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Description
The Exploratorium is an eye-opening, playful place—in San Francisco and online—to explore how the world works. Since 1969, we’ve offered creative, thought-provoking exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. We believe that following your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and awareness and can increase your confidence in your ability to understand how the world works. We also believe that being playful and having fun is an important part of the process for people of all ages.

We create tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a website with over 50,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults—plus much more. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.
Hours of Operation
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Prices
Infant age 0 to 3
FREE
Child age 4 to 12
$19.00
Youth age 13 to 17
$24.00
Adult age 18 to 64
$29.00
Senior age 65 +
$24.00
Disabled
$24.00
Student
$24.00
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Reviews

Julia Fernandes

A great museum, and my toddler loves it! Lots of displays and fun things to do. Definitely as unique as San Francisco, lol. Can't wait to go back!

Julia Fernandes

A great museum, and my toddler loves it! Lots of displays and fun things to do. Definitely as unique as San Francisco, lol. Can't wait to go back!

Kevin Elliott

I have been coming to the Exploratorium since I was just a little kid and it was located at the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina district. There are so many wonders here. Even though many of the exhibits are old and aging, they are educational, edgy, and engaging. Children of all ages will enjoy coming here; parents will have a blast too.

Events

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